Waste is not just an issue in the United States; it’s a global problem that is being addressed by recycling programs around the world. A few countries have really cleaned up their acts, including Switzerland and Austria, who recycle around 50% of their waste.
However, many countries have a lot of room for improvement. For example, Romania sends about 99% of its waste to landfills. And, just 5% of the world’s population produces about 40% of the total waste.
Though recycling programs have improved globally, there’s still an opportunity for progress. Here’s a look at worldwide recycling, as it stands today, in this graphic by Perfect Rubber Mulch.